Using the touch screen

Take a moment to check out how to navigate your BlackBerry device using these basic gestures.

Scroll and move between items

Slide your finger to scroll through a list, pan a webpage, or move between pictures. You can also slide your finger to view the home screen. For example, if you're looking at the BlackBerry Hub, you can slide your finger to the left to see the home screen and your minimized apps. Slide your finger to the left again to see all your apps.
  • To scroll, slide your finger up and down.
  • To move between the BlackBerry Hub and the home screen, slide your finger left and right.
Illustration of a directional arrow pointing upward from the bottom of the device. Illustration of a directional arrow moving to the left from the right side of the device.

Use a slider

If a slider appears on your screen, you can use the slider to progress through a file, such as a song or video, or scroll through multiple pages, such as the pages of an eBook.
On the slider, drag the slider handle.

Illustration of a slider bar with a directional arrow moving from the slider bar handle to the right along the bar

Select items

Do any of the following:
  • To select an item, simply tap it. If the item can be opened it will open, if not it will be highlighted.
  • To highlight an item without opening it, touch and hold the item.
  • To highlight multiple items, such as pictures or songs that you want to share, touch and hold one item. Tap The select more iconand tap additonal items. To clear an item, tap it again.

Illustration of a single finger tap selecting a single item.

Zoom in to or zoom out from the screen

If you want a closer view of a detail in an image, or if you're having trouble reading words that are too small, you can magnify the screen by zooming in. To see more of the screen, zoom out.
Slide your fingers apart to zoom in, or slide your fingers together to zoom out.
Illustration of two directional arrows moving apart from each other Illustration of two directional arrows moving towards each other

Move items from one place to another

  1. On the home screen, touch and hold the item you want to move.
  2. When the item starts to pulsate, slide your finger to where you want the item to be.

Illustration of the device with a directional arrow moving diagonally across the screen. At the end of the arrow is a highlighted box, indicated an item that was moved.

Minimize apps and show your Active Frames

When you minimize an app it appears as an Active Frame on the home screen. This is great for multitasking as you don't need to do things like save and close documents before you use the browser, or restart your browser session after you check your email.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Illustration of the device with a directional arrow moving from below the device's screen to midway up the screen. There is a box at the end of the arrow, indicating an app that is minimizing.

Tip: When you're done using your app, you can close it by tapping The close icon in the lower-right corner of the app.

View the Hub

You can peek at or open the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere on your device

From the bottom of the screen, slide your finger up and to the right.

Gesture showing how to peek at the BlackBerry Hub

Show the menus

You can find additional features, options, and help by exploring the menus.
Do any of the following:
  • To see the additional actions you can perform in an app, tap The more actions icon or The more tabs icon.
  • To see the additional actions for a specific item within an app, such as a song or a picture, touch and hold the item. To see the names of the menu items that appear on the right side of the screen, slide your finger over them.
  • To find the settings and help, swipe down from the top of the screen. In an app, you can see the settings for that particular app. If you are not in an app, you can see the device settings.
Illustration of a tap on the lower right side of the screen, over the overflow icon. Illustration of a directional arrow moving from above the screen to halfway down it.

Show the keyboard

Using two fingers, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Illustration of two directional arrows moving upward from the bottom of the screen. A keyboard is shown underneath the arrows.

Tip: To hide the keyboard, tap the screen outside a text entry field. If you want to hide the keyboard and there's nowhere to tap on the screen, swipe two fingers down from the top of the keyboard.

Navigating within an Android app

Some of the apps and games that are available in the BlackBerry World storefront are Android apps that were converted to be used on BlackBerry devices. In these apps, you can show or hide an action bar at the bottom of the screen or you can quickly go back to the previous screen.
Do any of the following:
  • To see the additional actions that you can perform, in an app, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • To go back to the previous screen, place your finger below and halfway across the screen. Slide your finger diagonally up and to the left.

Illustration of an arrow representing a touch moving from below and halfway across the screen, diagonally up and to the left.



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